The Sealy Lady Tiger volleyball squad opened up play within District 24-4A with two sweeps – at Royal last Tuesday and Wharton at home last Friday – and remain at No. 16 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s state poll this week.
Earlier this week, the Lady Tigers hit the road up Highway 36 to face the Bellville Brahmanettes who checked in at No. 8 in this week’s state poll, for the first of what will be two meetings between Austin County’s 24-4A teams.
Before then, Sealy picked up its eighth sweep in a row last Friday on homecoming with visiting Wharton scoring only 32 total points.
“I definitely liked the back row’s hustle. They were chasing down everything and always going to the lines. We really talked about that in practice and they exceeded that in today’s match,” head volleyball coach Kim Boyd said Friday. “All of the defensive specialists were hustling down pretty much everything and making some good saves.”
Senior Brylie Nedd led the way offensively with nine kills and added five digs and one block with classmate Ally Dickens right behind her with eight kills. Junior Breanna Brandes totaled 14 assists, six kills and three aces and classmate Emily Luther added eight assists. Senior Alyssa Foertsch contributed nine aces and six digs, classmate Brooke Kram had five digs and two aces and fellow senior Avery Oliver had two blocks while sophomore Jasmyne Joiner led the team with three blocks.
The message despite the team’s success has been to always prepare as if the opponent is the strongest they’ve seen, Boyd said.
“Our message is to not play down to their level and once again they proved that they were able to do that,” Boyd said. “They know what their goal is overall. We’re looking for that first-place spot this year
and it’s going to be a dogfight on Tuesday and we always talk about how if you play like it’s the biggest game even if it’s not that team, you’re still going to have the outcome you want.”
Boyd also added it was nice to be honored on the state poll but said the focus remains on the playoff race.
“It’s great to be on it, but my main focus is what we can get out of district and looking further down the line but it’s definitely great for our school to get recognition of our girls’ abilities,” she said.
This week of play for Sealy ends with a road trip to El Campo to face a Lady Ricebird squad that opened district play with a 3-2 win over Navasota.
In the Lady Tigers’ district-opening win over Royal, the host Lady Falcons registered just 26 points over the three sets while Dickens led the Sealy offense with nine kills and had Nedd close behind with seven kills. Brandes chipped in 14 assists, seven kills and five aces, Luther added nine assists and three aces, Foertsch had seven digs and four aces, Kram registered four digs and Bailey Koy recorded three digs.